World Green City Award 2022
Hyderabad recently received the prestigious World Green City Award 2022.
- Hyderabad has beaten the cities like Paris, Bogota, Mexico City, Montreal and Fortaleza to receive World Green City Award 2022 – the best across all six categories.
- Hyderabad received the award at the International Association of Horticulture Producers (AIPH) 2022.
- The announcement of the winners under six categories and the grand winner was made during the special gala dinner at the IUCN Leaders Forum held in Jeju, South Korea.
- The six categories of award are Living Green for Biodiversity, Living Green for Climate Change, Living Green for Health and Wellbeing, Living Green for Water, Living Green for Social Cohesion and Living Green for Economic Recovery and Inclusive Growth
- Hyderabad won “Living Green for Economic Recovery and Inclusive Growth” during the AIPH event.
- “Living Green for Economic Recovery and Inclusive Growth” category focuses on creating systems and solutions that allow all of the city’s residents overcome economic distress and grow.
- In this category, the greening of the Outer Ring Road was submitted for Hyderabad’s nomination.
- The city was recognized as the global leader in nature-oriented approaches to city design, form and function.
About Outer Ring Road
Outer Ring Road (ORR) in Hyderabad is called the “Green Necklace to the State of Telangana”. It is officially called the Jawaharlal Nehru Outer Ring Road. This 158 km long 8-lane ring road expressway encircles Hyderabad. It caters to the speed of up to 100 km per hour. It eases connectivity between various national highways from Hyderabad to Vijayawada and Warangal along with the state highways. The project was implemented by the state government of Andhra Pradesh through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited (HGCL). The objectives of the project are minimising pollution in the city, reducing congestion and providing quicker access to key parts of Hyderabad and various urban nodes outside the city by connecting national highways and state highways.